Congratulations to Chayse who has given birth to her gorgeous twin boys.

Fagan has also had her gorgeous baby boy.

We would also like to wish all the very best to Charlie who has commenced her maternity leave too.

Also a big Congratulations to Fagan who has recently completed her NVQ 2 in Health and Social Care, well done


We would like to welcome back to the Farthings Family Jamie Shelton, thank you for coming back to Farthings to support our Covid-19 resilience plans.  Jamie has been supporting our Housekeeping and Kitchen teams since returning to the home.

We would also like to welcome Amanda and Karen who will be joining our team very soon.  Amanda will be our Activities Co-ordinator, she has worked varied roles throughout her career from administration to supervisory roles but she joins us after spending several years working as a community care worker.  Amanda has arranged and facilitated many events during her current role and ‘loves making people happy’, we’re looking forward to her joining the team and undertaking resident communications

Karen will join us as a bank carer, cook and housekeeper and will also undertake our Communication Co-ordinator role within the Home.  Karen has many years caring experience and during her recent retirement has decided to come back to social care.  Karen is passionate about ensuring families remain connected throughout the pandemic.

What We've Been Doing Since We've Been Closed To Non-Essential Visitors

We have supported residents to use devices to keep in touch with their loved ones in addition to facilitating when possible socially distant visits in the garden.  Please have a look on our Facebook page to watch some lovely sing-along videos too.

A socially distanced walk to the village church was enjoyed, we have enjoyed games and pampering!

Many birthdays have been enjoyed

Additions To The Home

We have additional hand sanitising dispensers around the home, in communal areas and in corridors to encourage frequent hand washing.

A marquee has been purchased to hopefully facilitate visits in the coming months.  Along with a sanitising station which can be used within and ‘sneeze screens’.

Six profiling beds have been purchased to replace some of the older beds within the home to ensure infection control measures are effectively maintained.  Several rooms have also had their carpets replaced with safety flooring.  Additional vinyl chairs have been ordered for use in bedrooms to maintain infection control practices and contract bedside tables with a lockable top drawer have also been put in place.

The Home is now fully using Person Centred Software for care planning and daily notes, the staff have fully embraced the change from laptop entry to mobile devices and entries are being entered in ‘real-time’.  We have received many positive comments from the staff team about its ease of use and additional times being spent with residents because of not needing to sit at a laptop to write notes.  We have even had residents entering their own notes with a carer on the device, documenting what they had just done or eaten.

Our fabulous colleagues at Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have very kindly donated a Galaxy Tab A with a 12-month subscription of 4G connectivity, primarily to be used by our staff team to access virtual training the CCG offer to us, for example, React to Red, donning and doffing, the CCG provide support for our link champions.  The CCG also host our biweekly virtual Provider meetings to ensure we all remain up to date with the latest guidance both in terms of NHS initiatives and NCC information.  These meetings have proven invaluable throughout the pandemic and ensure we remain up to date not only at a national level but also locally too.  A huge thank you to the CCG for their donation.

We are also busy behind the scenes refreshing our marketing strategy, we are refreshing our logo’s and embedding the new ‘Ashall Care Ltd’ company with Farthings Residential Care Home.  There will be a new website, brochures, leaflets and stationery coming soon, we’re looking forward to their launch!

A wall-mounted thermometer has been put in place for staff and professional visitors to the home on entry.  Larger lockers have also been installed to ensure belongings brought into the home are stored safely.

Nottinghamshire County Council Quality Monitoring Audit

On 16 October 2020 Nottinghamshire County Council completed a virtual Quality Monitoring Audit at Farthings.  We are pleased to announce that we have maintained our Band 5 (highest possible).  The Home is audited annually in a variety of areas and scored either excellent, good, improvement required or does not meet for each area.  Out of the 19 areas audited we received excellent in 11 areas and good in 8 areas.

A huge thank you and congratulations go to Lynne and her team.

Covid-19 Update


As you are aware we took the difficult decision to close the home again to all non-essential visitors from Monday 21 September.  This decision was not taken lightly and we are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff team.  The decision was as a result of the R-rate increasing and reports we received from our Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) alongside the Department of Health for Social Care (DHSC) that there had been a number of outbreaks within our county’s care homes, affecting both residents and staff.

On Tuesday 6 October we received instruction from NCC we must close to non-essential visitors due to a sharp rise in Covid-19 across the County.

As I’m sure you are all aware we moved into Covid Tier 3 restrictions from Friday 30 October.  More recently a National lockdown has been announced, so, unfortunately, we continue to be unable to offer non-essential visits.

However, we would like to reassure you that we remain extremely conscious that you all want to see your loved ones and please rest assured that we are making plans to try and ensure this happens at the earliest opportunity.

We have recruited an additional Activities Co-ordinator, Amanda.  We are also creating a Communication Co-ordinator role and have recruited Karen.  It is hoped Amanda and Karen will help to facilitate resident communications; in the first instance, this will involve Amanda and Karen getting to know all of our residents and their families, moving forward it will be to help facilitate virtual meetings, telephone calls, letter writing etc.  Then hopefully in the coming weeks/months Amanda and Karen may be able to facilitate drive-bys, window hellos or socially distanced visits.

We continue to maintain very good links with our primary healthcare team and now have weekly Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) Meetings, to discuss all residents with a range of professionals.  This does not replace any urgent care needs which would be referred to a GP/111/999 immediately.

We have a good stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and routine testing is taking place weekly for all staff and every 28 days for all residents.

In addition, the following continues to be in place to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of both our residents and staff:

  • Staff temperatures checked and recorded, and hands washed upon entering the home and regularly throughout a shift.
  • All residents’ temperatures taken and recorded twice daily.
  • ‘touch area’ i.e. tables, chairs, handles, toilet flushes, taps etc cleaning frequency has increased.
  • Handwashing is promoted and encouraged throughout the home regularly, additional hand sanitiser and wall dispensers around the home. Residents supported, if needed, to wash their hands more regularly or to use hand sanitiser.
  • Residents are supported to utilise their own ensuites for toileting to reduce sharing of communal facilities.
  • Increased PPE stocks.
  • Additional thermometers available.
  • Devices are available to facilitate video/telephone calls between residents and friends and family.
  • Specific COVID-19 training completed by all staff and remain up to date with mandatory requirements. Additional donning and doffing and RESTORE2 training facilitated by CCG.
  • Hospital-grade cleaning products used, which kills all superbugs and COVID-19, and continues to be effective for up to 7-days. The supplier also has its own infection control team who are available for advice.
  • Additional admission procedures are in place, inclusive of a negative COVID-19 test requirement.
  • Previous staff have re-joined the team under a casual worker agreement to ensure continuity of service by known faces. We are registered with the national volunteer forum
  • Additional food provisions are stocked, no service disruption has been experienced or anticipated.
  • COVID-19 risk assessments are in place.
  • COVID-19 notices and information signs are displayed around the home inclusive of the new ‘Tier’ requirements and restrictions.
  • On 28 May 2020, the whole home (residents and staff) were tested for COVID-19, all tests performed were negative for COVID-19.
  • Communal area rearranged into a socially distant (2m) manner.
  • Person-Centred Software, electronic care planning, rolled out across the home.
  • Creation of a Responsible Visitor Code as recommended by the Care Provider Alliance.
  • Regular home testing commenced 17 August for staff and residents.
  • Additional ‘out-break’ supplies purchased.
  • Larger staff lockers purchased to store items brought into the home safely.
  • Additional wall mounted sanitisers are around the home.
  • Additional glove and apron dispensers placed around the home.
  • Flooring changed in several areas from carpet to vinyl safety flooring to aid infection control measures.
  • Additional contract furniture and chairs purchased which can easily be decontaminated.
  • Additional uniforms provided to staff to ease laundry burden.
  • Additional profiling beds purchased.
  • NCC PPE assurance assessments completed and appropriate wearing of PPE focussed supervisions rolled out.
  • Continue to report our bed, Covid, supplies, flu and staffing status to NCC, CQC and the Government through the DHSC Capacity Tracker
  • RotaCloud, staff rostering software, rolled out across the home.

We would again like to thank our amazing staff team of who we are immensely proud of; they continue to step up onto the frontline to help us protect the residents within our care against this terrible virus.  We are so thankful that we continue to not have any positive cases amongst our residents or staff team.